The Major

This major is to study the culture, art, and architecture of ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean. The main area of study is the ancient civilizations around the area of the Mediterranean, most importantly the Ancient Greek, Roman, and Near East civilization.  There will be several components. The first is a brief history of these cultures with courses that offer an overview of the history. Then there will be the art and architecture of these cultures including classes such as art history, architecture, anthropology, and religion. Lastly, my major will focus on archaeology and the various methods of performing archeology, including how to successfully perform in the field, including photography and independent research.  

Rationale:

The Mediterranean Archaeology major will be a combination of history, art, religion, anthropology, and archaeology, which comes together to teach me how to analyze and understand a culture through art and structures found during excavation.  This major goes in-depth with the methods of archaeology and with courses of art and history and will equip me to successfully use tools and data to uncover the past. It also prepares me to analyze history, art, and structures to understand the culture I am focusing on. The skills that I will ultimately gain will be the ability to study culture and history through the analysis of artifacts and physical remains. I expect to learn more about global perspectives by researching other cultures and learning their history. To complete this major I will use on-campus courses, study abroad, off-campus internships and off-campus courses. 

This major will include three subtopics: the first is an overview of the ancient history of the Mediterranean which will put my knowledge into context with the time period and the culture.  The second, art, architecture, and religion, will help me learn which building structures are important, and about cultures and their art and the evolution of Christianity through Europe. The final subtopic is the methods of archaeology which will teach me the specific archaeological methods to successfully work and run an archaeological dig site. This major asks questions about the history and culture of those who came before us, how they lived and what they believed. It shows how history happened and how we can learn from these events.  Additionally, how similar or different our culture today is from those who lived long ago. This major helps me understand past civilizations through hands-on analysis and being able to put knowledge in the field. It will create a history of a town that did not make it into the larger history books.     

When I was in high school I really enjoyed history, but when I traveled to Italy and Greece with an Education First Tour I discovered archaeology.  One of the days we visited Pompeii and I was amazed at all the buildings, art, and architecture that was still present and had been discovered by people.  After that trip, I knew I really liked ancient history and I wanted to be part of uncovering the past and adding to the history boos. In my sophomore year, I spent my a January interim to Italy where we focused on Roman history and I loved it. When the group visited Pompeii and again I fell in love.  That’s when I realized that I wanted to go on an archaeological dig and become more immersed in archaeology. My love for archaeology was finally solidified that summer when I was accepted as an intern in Professor Timothy Howe’s archaeological summer internships in Turkey. This internship included hands-on archaeology five days a week and learned how to correctly do archaeology. After returning I decided to make an archaeology major because it is my passion and it is what I want to pursue. In the future, I am thinking about applying to a master’s program in either Archaeology, Museum Studies, or Conservation.

The original proposal can be found here: ClaraGambill2020-MediterraneanArchaeology-postFRCFeb2019 – Google Docs